Sleeping in Airports

Bilbao Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Bilbao Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

A man saw me and asked me if I was thinking to sleep there, and informed me that the airport close at night I had to go out. – k1k

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Bilbao Airport.

What to Expect

The passenger facilities at Bilbao Airport consist of a clean, modern three-level terminal building housing 14 gates, a duty-free store, and a half dozen shops and equal number of eateries, most on the airside. WiFi is available to help pass the time. For additional comfort economy class passengers can access a private lounge for a fee. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

Most travellers who attempt to spend the night at this airport are doing so to catch an early morning flight. Because the airport terminal closes for the night, travellers spend the night in the lower level rental car lobby inside the parking garage. The lobby includes benches with armrest and has a restroom. As it is attached to the garage, the lobby is known for its cold temperatures, so make sure to bring some extra layers or a travel blanket/sleeping bag. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door or purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge a membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  VIP Lounge – Location: Airside, Mezzanine Level, accessible to passengers with Schengen and Non-Schengen flights. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in airports does not appeal to you there is a hotel near Bilbao Airport:

  • Holiday Inn Express Bilbao Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) The free airport shuttle runs every 15 minures during the hours 5:15AM to 11:30PM. The pick-up is on the upper level of the airport (Departures). » Check Rates
  • Hotel Loiu – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Bilbao Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available the Bilbao Airport. Connect to the “kubiwireless” network. (SSID: Airport_Free_Wifi_AENA).

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Departure Hall, Floor 3 • Arrival Hall, Floor 3 • Arrival Hall, Floor 1.

Children’s Play Area – Location: Floor 1, Arrivals Hall.

Duty Free and Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available airside on Floor 3 (Departures) from 6:00AM – 9:30PM. A limited variety of retail shops and newsstands are available both landside and airside on Floor 3 including Hub and Relay convenience shops.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include:

  • Landside: MasQMenos (Floor 1, Arrivals) • Santa Gloria (Floor 3, Departures)
  • Airside: Arrese (Floor 3, Departures) • Burger King (Floor 3, Departures) • Pans & Company (Floor 3, Departures) • San Miguel Exploring the World (Floor 3, Departures) • Starbucks (Floor 3, Departures) • Yandiola (Floor 3, Departures).

Information Desks – Locations: Floor 1, Baggage Reclaim Hall • Floor 3, Check-In Hall.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Safebag luggage wrapping machine is located in the Check-In Hall on Floor 3.

Mobile Charging – A reader (October 2018) tells us that Landside (to the left in the main hall) you will find an area to charge your phone. Airside head to the Tap Station where you charge your phone will have food or a drink.

Police – Location: unknown

Post Office Box – Location: Floor 3, Landside, Check-in Hall

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 5:00AM – 12:00AM.

Airlines

As of October 2018, Bilbao airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Air Europa • Air France • Air Nostrum • Alitalia • ASL Air France • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Czech Airlines • Easyjet • Easyjet Switzerland • Enter Air • Eurowings • Evelop • Iberia • KLM • LEVEL • Lufthansa • Norwegian Air • Swiss • TAP Air Portugal • Travel Service • Turkish Airlines • Volotea • Vueling Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Bilbao Airport is served by three intercity bus lines. Buses drop passengers at a bus stop on the Departures Level (3rd floor) and pick up passengers from the bus stop on the Arrivals Level (1st floor). Options include a bus connection to the Termibus (main bus station) for €1.45 for a single ticket or catch a bus to San Sebastian (€16.85 single ride) or hop on the Arrasate line. Tickets can be purchased from the customer service desk on the arrivals level. For fare, routes and schedule information, visit the Bilbao Airport website.

Bizkaibus Line A3247 (Bilbao-Airport) links the airport with Termibús (bus station). Stop include Gran Vía 79, Plaza Moyua and Alameda Recalde 11. Buses depart every 30 minutes from 5:25AM – 9:55PM (from Bilbao) and 6:15AM – 11:15PM (from the airport). A single-ride ticket costs €1.45. For route map, schedule and additional fare information, visit the Bizkaibus website.

Pesa serves the airport with two intercity bus routes. The Airport – Zarautz – San Sebastián bus route offers service between the airport and Plaza de Pío XII in San Sebastián, with a stop in the town of Zarautz (upon demand only). Buses run hourly on weekdays, from 7:45AM – 11:45PM. There is an additional departure available at 6:45AM on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. A single-ride fare is €14.55 (airport-Zarautz) or €16.85 (airport-San Sebastián). The Arrasate – Bergara – Eibar – Airport bus route offers daily service between the airport and Arrasate (Garibay), with stops in Bergara (Ibargaray) and Eibar (Ego-Gain). Buses depart Arrasate at 6:45AM, 9:45AM, 10:45AM, 3:45PM, 7:15PM and 11:15PM, and return to Arrasate on the same route upon reaching the airport. For route maps, schedules and additional fare information, visit the Pesa website.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Avis/Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. Location: Car Park P1.

Taxis

Taxis are available at the taxi stand located on the 1st floor, just outside of the terminal. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. At the time of this October 2018 update, a ride to the city center will cost approximately 24,00€ – 29,00€.

Last updated: 2018-10-26

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.